End of the Road: North Dakota Stops SCSU 4-1 in NCAA Regional Final

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SCSU readies for the NCAA Regional Final vs a background of green (photo prout)

North Dakota scored twice on shots that deflected off of SCSU players bodies and added an empty net goal to defeat SCSU 4-1 in front of a highly partisan crowd at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND on Saturday. The win allows them to advance to the 2015 Frozen Four in Boston, MA. However, it was the Huskies who struck first as Jimmy Murray directed a puck off a faceoff won by Joey Rehkamp for a 1-0 SCSU lead a mere 1:29 into the contest.  North Dakota responded with a goal of their own at 8:59 of the first period on a shot from the point by Andrew Panzerrella that found it’s way through traffic and deflected off the post for a 1-1 game. UND scored again at 6:49 of the second period on a shot  by Drake Cagguila that deflected off the body of Jimmy Murray and into the SCSU goal for a 2-1 lead. It was another fortunate bounce for UND in the third period on a goal by Luke Johnson at 2:53. Johnson’s shot off a bad angle hit Lindgren’s shoulder, popped into the air and landed  near the goal line where it trickled across the line for a 3-1 UND lead.  North Dakota then closed out the contest with an empty net unassisted goal by Colton St. Clair for the 4-1 final.  North Dakota outshotSCSU 26-20 in the game and was 0 for 1 on the power play while SCSU was 0 for 2. UND advances to face  Boston University who defeated the UMD Bulldogs 3-2 in the Northeast Regional final on Saturday. With the loss, SCSU completed the 2014-15 season with a 20-19-1 record including a 2-4 record vs North Dakota.

Box Score

http://collegehockeystats.net/1415/boxes/mndkstc1.m28

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